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Today: Saturday 4th December

The latest leaked American diplomatic cables talk about Britain's "paranoia" about the special relationship and promises by senior Conservatives to run a "pro-American government". And the acting chairman of the Football Association has withdrawn his candidacy for the job.

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In the latest leaked documents posted on the Wikileaks website, a senior US diplomat based in London describes British concerns about the health of the special relationship as "corrosive", adding they were more than usually strong when President Obama took over the White House. Washington correspondent Ian McKenzie reports.

In most places the UK is still very much like wintery scenes depicted on a Christmas card. Andy Moore has the latest snow forecast and outlines why we should not be misled by the rise in temperature.

Paper review.

The saga of what the business secretary Vince Cable will do when the House of Commons votes over plans to increase university tuition fees in England continues. Political correspondent Tim Reid reports on Vince Cable's views on university tuition fees.

How many people would you like to be happier, healthier and wealthier at no cost at all? Parliamentary correspondent Sean Curran reports on a Commons debate on plans to put Britain's clocks forward by an hour.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Over the past week, Edward Stourton has been reporting for the programme from Nigeria and his his final despatch is a personal assessment of the changes in Africa's most populous nation over the half century since independence.

Paper review.

Hillary Clinton is doing her best to mend relations fractured by the Wikileaks information dump but it is difficult because some of what is leaked is the candid view not of America but of her allies, reported back to Washington by State Department officials. The former CIA case officer and author Robert Baer discusses the impact on American diplomacy.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist Minister in Cardiff.

The former Labour minister Phil Woolas has lost his High Court attempt to overturn a legal ruling which stripped him of his seat in the House of Commons. Robert Halfon, conservative MP for Harlow and Diane Abbott, Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington discuss the case that has troubled many MPs.

The euro remains a "credible" currency despite the debt crisis that has required the bail outs of Ireland and Greece according to the European Central Bank's chief Jean-Claude Trichet. David Rennie, political editor of the Economist and Peter Sutherland, former Irish European Commissioner discuss the crisis of confidence in the eurozone.

The severe snow has caused problems for people into work in towns and cities but it has also proved to be troublesome for people who make their living off the land. Reporter Caz Graham discovers how small sheep farmers will fare after a bad winter and expensive feed bills.

The Pogues' singer, Shane MacGowan, has teamed up with three priests from Belfast to release a Christmas single. The Priests - who are a music sensation in their own right - sing a version of Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth with the singer, who's not known for his piety.

Thousands of British holidaymakers have spent the night stranded at airports in Spain after almost all Spanish airspace was closed. Air traffic controllers unhappy about changes to rosters called in sick en masse, forcing some planes from Britain to turn around en route. The Independent's Simon Calder reports on the travel misery.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

What light have this week's Wikileaks revelations shone on the "special relationship" between Britain and the US and what damage have they done? Timothy Garton Ash, author of 'Facts are Subversive, and Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair discuss the impact the leaks have had on US-Anglo relations.

The acting FA chairman Roger Burden has withdrawn his application for the permanent post because of England's 2018 World Cup vote failure. The former FA chief executive Mark Palios examines the fallout from the failed World Cup bid.

The paper review.

A new exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York looks at the legacy of the escapologist Harry Houdini's. Curator Brooke Kamin Rapaport and the former President of The Magic Circle, David Berglas, discuss what it is about Houdini that catches the public imagination even now.

Lord Heseltine, who helped to regenerate Liverpool after the Toxteth riots in 1981, has returned to the city this week as part of a tour of cities looking at potential investment opportunities. He explains the aims of the new Local Enterprise Partnerships.

The entire archive of the British company Halas and Batchelor has been handed over to the British Film Institute. It includes adaptations of the Asterix books a well as a 1954 feature length animated adaptation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. The collection's director, Vivien Halas, provides an insight into the archive.



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